5 Questions, Buffs-Dawgs Revisited

Inside, five questions revisited about the Colorado-Georgia game, in which the Bulldogs won 14-13.

1) Can an offense that's been "close" close the deal and put the ball in the end zone?
First of all, few – if any – expected the Buffs to be in this game. Not only were they in it, they were ahead until Georgia's PAT gave them the 14-13 lead with 46 seconds remaining.

The Buffs' offense played better than it had all season …for a half. Colorado, led by Bernard Jackson, kept the Georgia defense off balance by mixing in a healthy dose of Jackson running, handing off to Hugh Charles and sprinting out and passing to tight end Riar Geer.

Jackson ended the game with 15 rushes for 85 yards. Charles gained 72 yards on 18 carries. Geer had 7 catches for 71 yards.

The Buffs got the ball in the end zone when Jackson sneaked it in from the 1 in second quarter. They had a 10-0 lead at the half, but it very well could have been 17-0. What appeared to be a quick whistle by the refs meant Jackson failed to convert a short third-down play (a second effort put Jackson beyond the first down marker, but the whistle had blown) deep in UGA territory. Mason Crosby's field goal attempt was blocked.

The CU offense stalled in the second half.

2) Hugh Charles followed up his best game of the season with his best week of practice. Will that impact the run game Saturday?
The offense called Charles' number plenty. He had 18 carries and three receptions for a combined 90 yards. However, his fumble near midfield in the fourth quarter really hurt. CU seemed to be driving into Crosby field-goal territory and a potential two-score lead.

3) Can the CU pass rush pressure true freshman quarterback Matthew Stafford into making mistakes?
While they didn't pad their sack statistics, Colorado pressured Stafford well. He was 8 of 16 before he got pulled. When Georgia went to quarterback Joe Cox and a hurry-up offense, they found success. Overall, however, this loss isn't on the CU defense. They played well on the road in a tough SEC venue.

4) Will this be Cody Hawkins' debut?
No. James Cox was not at the game, spending time with his family in California after the passing of his father, but Jackson didn't need to come out.

Jackson had his best game in a CU uniform. He was 14 of 26 for 140 yards through the air.

5) Who has the better-looking female student body — Athens or Boulder?
Oh, who cares?

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